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Urban Planning

Admitted Student Open House

This page features virtual resources that will allow you to learn more about the program’s curriculum and connect with faculty and current students. The Open House for Admitted Students took place online March 29–April 1, 2021. Download a PDF of the program schedule here.

Also see the Welcome to GSAPP page for additional School-wide events and resources for admitted students, and be sure to complete your enrollment online by April 15, 2021.

Welcome and School Overview by Dean Amale Andraos

Introduction to Urban Planning Program by Program Director Professor Weiping Wu

Meet the Urban Planning Faculty Panel

Program Information

Studio Reports

Student Work

Visit the online 2020 End of Year Show to see student work from urban planning studios and courses as well as theses from Class of 2020 MSUP graduates.

You can also browse the digital archive for work associated by studio and instructor and read summaries of MSUP theses here.

Lectures in Planning Series

The Lectures in Planning Series invites guests to deliver talks and participate in discussions with the GSAPP Urban Planning community. Below is a selection of events from the Spring 2021 semester, which can also be viewed on the GSAPP calendar.

Career Services

The Urban Planning Program offers career development resources to help students take advantage of our location in New York City and discover unmatched opportunities for jobs and internships. Career services programming includes alumni panels, job search workshops, resume and portfolio feedback, visits to select public planning agencies and private consulting firms, and meeting with employers one-on-one at the Career Fair. Each spring, the program connects students to alumni through the annual speed-networking event.

The American Planning Association’s New York Metro Chapter offers additional networking opportunities through talks, mixers, and local conferences. The program supports travel to the APA national conference each year.

The Urban Planning program maintains a job board to advertise open full-time, part-time, internship, and fellowship positions – many of which are sent exclusively to M.S.UP students. In addition, a bi-weekly newsletter distributed by the program advertises upcoming networking opportunities and conferences..

Urban Magazine

URBAN is a magazine created, edited, and published by M.S.UP students. The publication features writing, interviews, photo essays, and graphic work related to urban planning and city life. While most contributors are in the Urban Planning department, students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit work and have been featured in past issues. Take a look at the most recent issue, Volume 26: Obsolescence, here.

2021 Open House Program

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Open House for Admitted Students took place online March 29–April 1, 2021. Click below to view the full program and links.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • 9:00–9:30 AM — Introduction to Urban Planning Program by Program Director Professor Weiping Wu

  • 9:30–10:45 AM — Q&A session with current MSUP students
    Panel discussion followed by breakout sessions by concentration

    • Built Environment
    • Community and Economic Development
    • International Planning and Development
    • Urban Analytics
  • 11:00 AM–1:00 PM — Open Course: Sustaining Access and Mobility in Cities, Jit Bajpai

  • 11:00 AM–1:00 PM — Open Course: Planning, Politics and Power, Maxine Griffith

  • 1:15–2:15 PM — Meet the UP Program Manager, Emily Junker, to learn about academic advising, career services, and more

  • 2:30–3:15 PM — Meet the Faculty Panel
    Malo Hutson, Leah Meisterlin, Douglas Woodward, Weiping Wu

  • 3:15–3:45 PM — Meet the Faculty Breakout Groups
    Hiba Bou Akar, Malo Hutson, Leah Meisterlin, Douglas Woodward, Weiping Wu

  • 4:00–5:00 PM — Thesis/Capstone Presentations

  • 5:00–7:00 PM — Open Course: Real Estate Finance and Development, Olivia Moss

  • 7:00–9:00 PM — Open Course: Built Environment Disruption:Partnerships and Urban Technology, Kate Wittels and Adam Tanaka

  • 7:00–9:00 PM — Open Course: Climate Adaptation in Cities, Adam Freed

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021

  • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM — Final Studio Reviews